John David Simon

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Primary Instrument: Saxophone

John David Simon has performed extensively on the national and international jazz scene with Ella Fitzgerald, Chaka Khan, Clark Terry, Buddy DeFranco, Ray Charles, Dizzy Gillespie, J.J. Johnson, Shirley Scott, The New Jersey Pops Orchestra, T.S. Monk and Charles Earland. John’s big band credits include The Lionel Hampton, Illinois Jacquet, Artie Shaw, Jimmy Dorsey and Cotton Club Orchestras. He has toured Japan, Europe, Scandinavia, Canada and the United States performing at major festivals including the Playboy, Monterey, Montreal, North Sea, JVC, Pori, Grande Parade du Jazz (Nice, France), and Newport jazz festivals...
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National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Study Fellowship/ National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Performance Fellowship/ Manhattan School of Music Performance Scholarship/ University of the Arts Performance Scholarship

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Featured recording “John David Simon And Friends With Clark Terry & Etta Jones”

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John David Simon And Friends With Clark Terry & Etta Jones

WarmGroove Records (2009)

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“ I just love his playing .... he doesn’t become obsessed with all these clichés and so-called modern things .... he knows how to swing .... like a lot of those cats that’s been around - Don Byas ... Ben Webster... Hawkins. -Clark Terry

“ [on] ‘Rain Check’...the band really hit its stride as John Simon fired up a big- toned, booting solo on tenor sax.” -Ira Gitler, JazzTimes

“...his full warm sound combined with soulful expression make him a very individual voice on his instrument...He can surely compete with the stars of this new streamlined generation of jazz musicians like Joshua Redman.” -Ulrich Vanek, Jazz Podium (Germany)


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Primary InstrumentSaxophone

LocationNew York, NY

Willing to teachIntermediate to advanced students

Credentials/BackgroundM.M., Manhattan School of Music; B.M. cum laude, University of the Arts. Faculty member of The Ridgewood Conservatory and Henry Street Settlement.

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